Because of a village name, Nockamixon Township got a price reduction for a new fire truck.
In a special report, Ottsville Volunteer Fire Company Chief Bill Shick said the group had purchased a new rescue truck, which “can handle pretty much anything,” and allows them to no longer have to split rescue duty and regular duty on the same truck. The previously owned vehicle was available at a good price, with the fire company adding some further investment in parts and labor, acording to Shick.
After an extensive search, Shick had found the unit online from G.J. Kelley Recovery, which turned out to be in Revere, Mass. When Shick asked for directions to see the vehicle, Kelley asked where he was coming from. Shick answered “Revere.” Kelley said “no, that’s where you’re going; where are you coming from?”
After they figured it out and shared a good laugh, Kelley decided that was worth another $20,000 off the price, which landed at $140,000.
Moving quickly to fill the supervisor seat that was vacated by Frank Ganiszewski on July 16, the Nockamixon supervisors appointed Lloyd Traven during their public work session on Aug. 7. Traven was introduced by Supervisor Chair Bill Sadow at the Aug. 21 regular public monthly supervisors meeting.
Ganiszewski, who is moving to South Carolina, had recently begun his second six-year term. The Traven appointment holds until Dec. 31, 2021, with the future of the seat after that determined by the next available election, which is in the previous November. Traven had been serving as chair of the township zoning board, a position he is now required to vacate, according to the Pennsylvania Municipal Code.
Also at the Aug. 21 meeting, Supervisor John Haubert praised the recent paving of Church Hill Road, moved up by PennDOT from its 2024 projects list, as the result of “lots of hard work and collaboration from local government; the way it should be.”
He noted contributions from the township; from the Palisades School District, starting with school bus driver Martha Stutz; and the offices of state Rep. Wendy Ullman and state Sen. Bob Mensch. Township Manager Keith DeLuca added a special salute to Rhonda Tettemer from Mensch’s office.
DeLuca announced that the township is hosting a Mobile Questionnaire Assistance visit from U.S. Census Bureau staff, who are visiting in lower-responding areas to answer questions and help people respond to the 2020 Census. It is a separate activity from census takers going door to door, and is an effort to further assist the public while allowing for social distancing due to COVID-19.
The event will be held at Veterans Memorial Park 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 11, which DeLuca noted is also Patriots Day. “Feel free to come out, ask questions, and complete your census,” he said. “The census form takes only a few minutes to complete, but has a great impact on the community for the next decade.”